Data Entry Operator Salary

Data Entry Operators in the United States take home an average $12.19 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.38 per hour and $16.45. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Data Entry Operators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Most Data Entry Operators survey respondents are women (74 percent). Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,544 - $45,879
(Median)
$22K
$32K
$46K
MEDIAN: $31,509
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$9.38 - $16.45
(Median)
$9
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$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,544 - $45,879  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,038  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,005 - $38,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.38 - $16.45  
   
Overtime
$9.97 - $25.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,038  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,005 - $38,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 475
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Job Description for Data Entry Operator

Most of the time, data entry operators work in an office. They must have a high school diploma or GED, but candidates who possess an associate’s degree are often preferred. Data entry operators enter applicable data into computers, often utilizing company-specific databases.

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Data Entry Operator Tasks

  • Receive all documents and enter the data into the on-line system on the PC.
  • Operate a data entry device to input and maintain lists and records.
  • Create and update databases.
  • Maintain a daily count of all claims processed.

Common Career Paths for Data Entry Operator


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Data Entry Operators sometimes assume positions such as Office Managers. That role pays $38K per year on average. Data Entry Operators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Administrative Assistants or Data Entry Specialists. The median paychecks in those roles are $4K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Data Entry Operators note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Data Entry, Typing, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service. Data Entry and Typing are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Entry Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Data Entry Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $25K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $27K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $29K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $30K.

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Experience Affects Data Entry Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Data Entry Operator Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 13%

Data Entry
0%

National Average
$27,000

Typing
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 32%
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